ten houses

  • Type
  • Residential
  • Client
  • NKN Developments
  • Location
  • O'Malley, ACT
  • Project Details
  • The clients for ‘Ten Houses O’Malley’ wanted a high quality residential enclave in this prestigious suburb. The ten new residences set in this steeply sloping bushland setting, are carefully placed amongst the trees staggered across the site. A carefully ordered plan based on discipline geometry has ensured each residence achieves a sense of place, shelter, vista, privacy and access to sunshine.

    A strong sense of place and community is created with the focal point being the central court and gardens. This communal area at the heart of the development is landscaped in keeping with the bushland setting, and provides a refined recreational spaces for residents. The residences are designed and sited to maximise northern orientation to the living areas of each house whilst allowing for natural ventilation, views and privacy. Courtyards and terraces are interspersed within each home, extending the sense of space to be enjoyed by residents.

    The architectural language uses the geometry of simple white walls to create strong, elegant forms that work with the landscape elegantly framing views across the valley. There are references to traditional European hilltop village built of stone evident in the repetition of the same strong forms with ever so slightly varied interpretations that make each residence special.

    The chosen materials reflect the strength of the form. Raw concrete and paint-rendered walls are layered with stone garden walls from the site. Light grey terracotta roof tiles enable a low roof pitch, and wide eaves provide a deep shadow line allowing for a seamless roof line. The interiors are white walled with the introduction of timber paneling adding warmth to the home.
2011 - Ten Houses, AIA ACT, Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing Award